Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday called any possible foreign military intervention against Syria a form of "aggression" that would rattle the entire region and contravene international law.
Putin told a summit of an ex-Soviet security group that he was grateful for its decision to support Moscow's refusal to sanction strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons.
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"The members of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) are united in their view that the situation around Syria can only be resolved through political means," ITAR-TASS quoted Putin as saying at a meeting in the southern Russian port city of Sochi.
"Any outside use of force would be a grave violation of international law, which in the language of the UN Charter is referred to as 'aggression'," Putin said.
The Moscow-led bloc also includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.